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2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt overview: The archetype of cool


Darkish Highland Inexperienced is not the Bullitt’s solely coloration, however it’s the one one which issues.

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The Bullitt is not all that completely different from a normal Ford Mustang GT — visually or mechanically — however it has simply sufficient tweaks to show heads. And with its rumbling V8 and six-speed handbook transmission, it is a Mustang that is simple to like.

LikeExcellent V8 powertrainLooks awesomeUseful Sync Three tech

Do not LikeTight interiorSpendy in comparison with different Mustang fashions

The Bullitt actually flies beneath the radar. It would not have any badges, save for its title on the fake rear gasoline cap, and there is no Mustang emblem on the honeycomb grille. The one lifeless visible giveaways are the black, 19-inch wheels and Darkish Highland Inexperienced paint, although it’s also possible to purchase a Bullitt in blue or black (however you should not).

Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine places out 480 horsepower, which is a slight bump over the Mustang GT because of a bigger throttle physique and an consumption manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350. To enhance that energy, 420 pound-feet of torque can be found good and low within the rev vary, so there’s by no means a scarcity of energy. Customary efficiency gear features a Torsen limited-slip differential, entrance aero splitter, upgraded entrance springs and staggered Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (255/40 up entrance, 275/40 in again).

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The entire package deal simply works. Coupled with the limited-slip diff, the unbiased rear suspension means the Bullitt can fortunately slalom by tight curves. Positive, at 3,850 kilos it is not precisely what I might name spry, however the direct steering helps, as do the sticky Pilot Sport 4S tires. You possibly can even get the Bullitt with Ford’s magnetic journey suspension — a $1,695 choice — which may modify the dampers as much as 1,000 instances per second.

Just a few completely different drive modes actually allow you to dial within the journey. I am going to go away Snow alone for apparent causes, and discover the Bullitt is finest skilled in Sport. Every mode switches up the traction management and throttle response, and I can personalize the steering effort between Consolation, Regular and Sport settings. A person My Mode enables you to set the parameters to your particular liking, so I can have the efficiency set to Sport however the exhaust set to Observe, as a result of I like annoying my neighbors. In fact, there’s additionally Line Lock, for candy smoky burnouts.

My one criticism? My Mode is rarely the default once you begin the automotive. What good is having a customized setting if you need to choose it each time you begin the automotive?

Nonetheless, that is a really small criticism contemplating all the pieces else is so nice. The clutch pedal really feel is good, the cue-ball shifter feels nice in my hand, and kit modifications are super-satisfying. Sport mode has computerized rev-matching, however you possibly can flip it off. The Brembo brakes — 13.8-inch ventilated discs up entrance, 12.5-inch stable discs on the rear — are fast to seize however supply linear pedal really feel. I actually might drive this automotive all day.

It isn’t a tech-rich sports activities automotive, although, with solely blind-spot monitoring and common cruise management. If you’d like the newest driver-assistance options, you in all probability aren’t purchasing for a Mustang anyway.

However simply because the Bullitt would not have any driving aids doesn’t suggest it is devoid of tech. My tester has an 8-inch touchscreen working Ford’s easy-to-use Sync Three infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The non-compulsory navigation system options one-box entry so I solely must enter “ice cream” and I get an inventory of close by places for deliciousness. I additionally like that the “The place am I?” characteristic provides latitude and longitude coordinates in addition to the closest street. (I am a map geek, what can I say?)

The cue-ball shifter is likely one of the finest issues in regards to the Bullitt’s inside.

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Whereas the Sync Three system may be very user-friendly, the display is usually laggy, often when clicking on an icon that I have never used not too long ago. It is just like the characteristic must be dragged from its reminiscence banks when it was in the midst of a deep sleep.

The 12-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster is fairly dope, particularly with the ribbon tachometer unfold throughout the display. That is additionally the place the Mustang’s Observe Apps dwell, with pages for a timer, accelerometer, brake efficiency, lap timer and launch management.

As for charging, there’s a USB-A and 12-volt outlet up entrance and one among every within the heart armrest, as properly. There aren’t any charging ports for rear seat passengers, which isn’t any massive deal as a result of, my lord, why would anybody ever need to sit again there? Once I fold my comparatively slender 5-foot, 9-inch body into the again seat I discover my head is touching the rear glass. The driving force’s seat is pushed many of the means ahead and I’ve the tiniest little bit of legroom, however I might solely put a child or my worst enemy again there. The rear seat is healthier used as a secondary cargo house along with the 13.5 cubic-foot trunk. Backside line, the Mustang is tight. In the event you want extra room, take a look at the bigger Dodge Challenger.

The Bullitt is an $8,000 improve over a Mustang GT Premium.

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The foremost draw back to the Bullitt is that it is an $8,000 upcharge over a Mustang GT Premium. The as-tested worth on my instance is $52,595, together with $1,095 for vacation spot. And because the Bullitt solely will get 14 miles per gallon metropolis, 23 mpg freeway and 17 mpg mixed, there is a $1,000 gasoline guzzler tax added on.

The Mustang is not the one muscular sport coupe round, both. I’ve at all times been a fan of the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, although it sort of drives like a ship. The Chevrolet Camaro affords a 6.2-liter V8 engine with Bullitt ranges of energy, and within the immortal phrases of The Useless Milkmen, is completely bitchin’.

Ford additionally affords sportier Mustangs, do not forget: the Shelby GT350 and GT500. Each are costlier, however they’re much better when it comes to dealing with and supply extra energy, as well. However they’re additionally completely different automobiles for various functions. And the Bullitt is simply so cool.

Every part from the Bullitt’s inexperienced paint to the snazzy wheels to the rumbling exhaust pays homage to the Mustang’s movie-car heritage and its iconic place in American tradition. It may not be the quickest, best-handling Mustang, however it’s simply my favourite.

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